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#1 keith2468

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Posted 11 July 2004 - 01:12 PM

Weatherbug has earned ETrust approval, but is still showing up as a false positive the online scan at SpywareInfo.

http://www.broadband...e55c51/Hmmm.JPG

http://www.weatherbu...notSpyware.html

https://www.truste.o....weatherbug.com

More on the discussion here:
http://www.broadband...e=flat#10730032

#2 Mike

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Posted 11 July 2004 - 04:47 PM

An eTrust seal is meaningless. All it means is that they have a privacy policy, not that the privacy policy is an acceptable one.

Weatherbug bundles other software, some of which is adware, spyware or foistware. I believe some versions of the program itself are adware. I'm not sure about the current version.

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Posted 12 July 2004 - 12:49 AM

I hear this bug is in an IM upgrade,can I upgrade without installing it?

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Posted 12 July 2004 - 07:50 PM

That maybe, and maybe they tricked PestPatrol, WebWasher, Spybot S&D and Ad-aware into removing them from their lists. ;)

Anyway, I've opened a ticket with x-block, at least I think I have. I'm not a customer, but their system seemed to take it.

They don't even have a ticket catagory for false positives or false alarms.

Speaking as an IT professional myself, not in the ad or anti-ad sector, it is embarrassing and it gives the IT security industry a bad image when IT companies make judgements and don't have a proper procedure for handling new information and correcting mistakes.

Hopefully I'll get a quick response from X-Block though.

Thanks.

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#5 DonP

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Posted 18 July 2004 - 10:35 AM

You have a choice when upgrading AIM for weather bug. If you "accidently" select to install it, it can be removed with "add-remove" programs and Spysweeper.

I got rid of it since I don't need any more POP-UPS!

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#6 Island Boy

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Posted 28 July 2004 - 12:07 PM

So I have Weather bug should I just go ahead and get rid of it???

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Posted 28 July 2004 - 04:42 PM

For a completely spyware free weather application similar to Weatherbug, try "WeatherWatcher."
http://www.singerscreations.com/

It uses Weather.com data without ads, spyware or registrations. It is completely free but donations are welcomed by the developer.

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Posted 06 August 2004 - 01:12 AM

For a completely spyware free weather application similar to Weatherbug, try "WeatherWatcher."
http://www.singerscreations.com/

It uses Weather.com data without ads, spyware or registrations. It is completely free but donations are welcomed by the developer.

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I installed both Weather Watcher and AIM, I chose not to install Weather Bug, but I still found it on my computer, so which one of these is legit? I don't trust either one of them, I don't know of anything or any adserver that doesn't track it's users, after all, a targeted ad is going to generate more revenue then a non-targeted one.

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Posted 10 August 2004 - 01:25 AM

That maybe, and maybe they tricked PestPatrol, WebWasher, Spybot S&D and Ad-aware into removing them from their lists. ;)

Anyway, I've opened a ticket with x-block, at least I think I have. I'm not a customer, but their system seemed to take it.

They don't even have a ticket catagory for false positives or false alarms.

Speaking as an IT professional myself, not in the ad or anti-ad sector, it is embarrassing and it gives the IT security industry a bad image when IT companies make judgements and don't have a proper procedure for handling new information and correcting mistakes.

Hopefully I'll get a quick response from X-Block though.

Thanks.

- Keith

they havent tricked pest patrol

#10 Xblock

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Posted 18 August 2004 - 09:04 AM

they havent tricked pest patrol

Seems like the (most) pestpatrol references are taken out of the database, but the google cache still shows them.

Also, weatherbug also lists PP as a recommended tool.

#11 Xblock

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Posted 18 August 2004 - 09:07 AM

Anyway, I've opened a ticket with x-block, at least I think I have. I'm not a customer, but their system seemed to take it.

They don't even have a ticket catagory for false positives or false alarms.

We have received an email from weatherbug directly on this too and are investigating it.

In regards to false positives, we regard it as a "bug" and route it internally to the correct person to handle it.

But it might be a good idea to create a seperate category for this.

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Posted 21 August 2004 - 07:18 PM

they havent tricked pest patrol

Seems like the (most) pestpatrol references are taken out of the database, but the google cache still shows them.

Also, weatherbug also lists PP as a recommended tool.

then how come pestscan catches weatherbug?




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